Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Big Stone Gap, VA
    Posts
    2,227

    Default NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    25-1/2" scale, an 11" spunover rim
    mahogany neck-all new frets, steel rod neck reinforcement(OEM)
    1 1/4" nut width
    5 1/4 lbs
    Tone is bright and precise.
    neck is straight and low action, plays like a brand new one. using light gauge steel strings.


    repairs & adjustments include: new French polish finish on the neck, refret, neck reset, installation of ABM planet tuners, a Schaller 5th tuner, new hooks and nuts, and a new Renaissance head. Needless to say, it plays beautifully.
    purchased via Smakula Fretted Instruments, Elkins WVa. paid $1400, well worth it! (third one I've got from these fine folks, all 3 are top shelf in looks, function, playability).

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_bk.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	529.3 KB 
ID:	187314
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_fbd1.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	417.2 KB 
ID:	187315
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_fbd2.jpg 
Views:	29 
Size:	385.9 KB 
ID:	187316
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_ft.jpg 
Views:	36 
Size:	527.5 KB 
ID:	187317
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_hl2.jpg 
Views:	28 
Size:	577.2 KB 
ID:	187318
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_hl3.jpg 
Views:	30 
Size:	370.0 KB 
ID:	187319
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_inrim.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	624.3 KB 
ID:	187320
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_phd.jpg 
Views:	29 
Size:	532.2 KB 
ID:	187321
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_phdbk.jpg 
Views:	31 
Size:	594.2 KB 
ID:	187322
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LyonAndHealy_Unmarked_5string_rim.jpg 
Views:	30 
Size:	190.9 KB 
ID:	187323

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to darylcrisp For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    27,956

    Default Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    May favorite five-string is a Fairbanks Senator I bought from Bob decades ago. It still sings like a bird. That L&H is very nice.
    Jim

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    Facebook
    19th Century Tunes
    Playing lately:
    2018 Campanella A-5 -- 2007 Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- '83 Flatiron A5-2 -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- 1936 Epiphone Deluxe -- 1928 Gibson L-5 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- ca. 1920 Weymann Style 25 Mandolin-Banjo -- National RM-1

  4. #3
    NY Naturalist BradKlein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Lehigh Valley - Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,073

    Default Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Are you pleased with the tuners?

    I have a Washburn 5 string from that era, with friction tuners, and would love to move to planetary tuners and a easier 5th string tuner as well.

    I'm not at all knowledgeable when it comes to banjos so I'm interested in any solid experience based advice.
    BradKlein
    Morning Edition Host, WLVR News
    Senior Producer, Twangbox
    Twangbox Videos

  5. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Big Stone Gap, VA
    Posts
    2,227

    Default Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Quote Originally Posted by BradKlein View Post
    Are you pleased with the tuners?

    I have a Washburn 5 string from that era, with friction tuners, and would love to move to planetary tuners and a easier 5th string tuner as well.

    I'm not at all knowledgeable when it comes to banjos so I'm interested in any solid experience based advice.
    Brad

    yes, like these tuners very well.

    I like these older banjos I've gotten from Bob a lot, everything works as it should, they note as one would expect a brand new banjo to do, so its like you get the vintage vibe and flavor, but none of the ill fitting/working items, the frets are just excellent, the neck doesn't have a 1/4" relief, it just makes it nice to have an old soul with a young spirit and parts. makes playing fun and very enjoyable.

    if you really like your banjo and want to make it the best it can be for not a lot of $. I'd email Bob with some pictures, tell him what you'd like to happen for your banjo and he will give you a price quote. ship it to them, let them put the magic in it(and it will play like magic when you get it back), and end up with a killer vintage style instrument that plays and feels and works like a brand new top shelf banjo.

    d

  6. The following members say thank you to darylcrisp for this post:


  7. #5
    NY Naturalist BradKlein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Lehigh Valley - Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,073

    Default Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    Thanks Daryl. I appreciate the advice, and hearing about your experience.
    BradKlein
    Morning Edition Host, WLVR News
    Senior Producer, Twangbox
    Twangbox Videos

  8. #6
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    27,956

    Default Re: NBD: 1895 Lyon & Healy (Banjo related)

    +1 for Bob.

    As an aside, Bob and I got to know each other in the mid-1980s when we both participated in a weeklong class with Jethro Burns at Augusta Heritage Arts. What a trip to be in that class—Jethro was amazing— and on top of that Bob met his wife there that same week.
    Jim

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    Facebook
    19th Century Tunes
    Playing lately:
    2018 Campanella A-5 -- 2007 Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- '83 Flatiron A5-2 -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- 1936 Epiphone Deluxe -- 1928 Gibson L-5 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- ca. 1920 Weymann Style 25 Mandolin-Banjo -- National RM-1

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •